What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Whitman, Dr. Martinez, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Campbell or Dr. Tillery is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Whitman, Martinez, Goldberg, Campbell or Tilleryperforms the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
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Patient Review by GINA G
I needed 3 dental implants and when I ask my dentist who he would go to he said Dr. Goldberg. I did some research on his education and training and was very impressed and confidant he having him do my implants. He was Chief of Resident in oral maxillofacial surgery University of Miami Hospital d & had extensive training in maxillofacial trauma & advanced bone grafting. Dental implants cannot be done properly in just one day. This procedure when done correctly takes months and patience. Above all a skilled oral surgeon like Dr. Goldberg. I have just completed 3 dental implants with bone grafting and was amazed how minimal the recovery was. He used special ct guidance for placement of the dental implants. I appreciate his f/u care and phone calls checking on me after the surgery and even giving his cell phone if I needed him. I highly recommend him and will return to him again if ever needed. Sincerely, Gina
- GINA G
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